Biden vows to “liberate Iran” in West Bank campaign speech

Biden vows to “liberate Iran” in West Bank campaign speech

OCEANSIDE, Calif., Nov 3 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden vowed on Thursday to “liberate” Iran and said protesters working against the country’s government would soon be freed.

“Don’t worry, we’re going to free Iran. They’re going to be free pretty quickly,” Biden said during a wide-ranging campaign speech in California, as dozens of protesters gathered outside holding banners supporting the Iranian protesters.

Biden did not expand on his remarks or specify what additional actions he would take during the speech at MiraCosta College near San Diego.

The White House National Security Council did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Seven weeks of demonstrations in Iran were ignited by the death of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, in the custody of Iran’s moral police.

The protests sparked by Amini’s death on September 16 showed the defiance of many young Iranians in challenging the clerical leadership, overcoming the fear that stifled dissent after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. read more

The United States said on Wednesday it would try to remove Iran from the 45-member UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) over the government’s denial of women’s rights and brutal crackdown on protests. read more

Iran is just starting a four-year term on the commission, which meets annually every March and aims to promote gender equality and empower women.

Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt, writing by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Stephen Coates

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